Rensselaer Rail Station

Erdman Anthony was part of the engineering team for a new passenger rail station, boarding facilities, track improvement, and multi-level parking garage in Rensselaer, NY. The 67,000-square-foot, four-story facility is the ninth-busiest Amtrak station in the nation, serving more than 750,000 passengers each year. The structure features glass walls and ceilings, providing an open-air milieu to a concourse consisting of a post office, ticket counter, baggage claim, restaurant, shops, and general emporium.

Conserving energy and maintaining low operational costs were key design elements for this intermodal transportation center. Erdman Anthony's design allowed the building to take advantage of natural solar daylight to minimize energy used on artificial lighting while reducing the cooling load in the concourse areas. Our team placed special emphasis on HVAC system selection and integration, including the employment of variable air volume systems to meet the facility's heating and cooling needs while minimizing energy consumption during times of low building occupancy. Other energy efficiency measures included high-intensity discharge lamps, advanced solar daylight harvesting with automated dimming controls, premium-efficiency motors, variable speed drives on pumps and fans, and high-performance reflective glazing systems. These measures exceeded New York State Energy Code requirements by 20 percent, resulting in estimated annual energy cost savings of $23,700, annual energy use savings of 350,000 kWh, and peak-demand reduction of 65 kW.

The new station replaced an aging, utilitarian structure and provides New York's Capital District with a showpiece of rail transportation efficiency. 

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Rensselaer, NY


Capital District Transportation Authority

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